Naturalized Brazilian forward of “Shakhtar” received the expected invitation from Andriy Shevchenko.
On the eve of the Shakhtar officially announced that Junior Moraes Ukrainian citizenship.
A day later, the coaching staff of the national team, led by Andriy Shevchenko has caused a 31-year-old striker to the team. This information at the official level was confirmed by the football Federation of Ukraine.
Moraes became the third striker in the cage after the Ukrainian team Artem Kravets (Kayserispor) and forward “Ghent” Roman Yaremchuk, who played for the first team in the recent matches of the League of Nations against the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The challenge Moraes for the national team makes him the favorite for the exit in the starting lineup for the first match selection for Euro 2020 qualifier against Portugal (22 March in Lisbon). In this season, the Junior all tournaments played 31 games, scoring 21 goals and gave 11 assists, including 4 goals and 4 assists in 8 Champions League matches and Europa League.
Junior Moraes became the second current naturalized player in the national team of Ukraine. From September 2017 the main team of the country is another footballer of Shakhtar midfielder Marlos.